WATCH: Matt Holliday believes we need the distraction of sports, with or without fans in attendance

"I think the farther you get away from the game, the more you see the country's needs for the distraction for sports in my opinion."

Sam Masterson
April 07, 2020 - 5:19 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A lot has changed since early March when baseball and the entire sports world stopped. But now, there seems to be a plan to get MLB games going again in May or June and we asked former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday his thoughts on the idea.

Per reports, no fans would be in attendance at games that would be played only in the greater Phoenix area, members of the 30 organizations would be relatively isolated, living in nearby hotels and limiting travel, and teams would be expanded so as to allow for possible cases of coronavirus that would require roster shifts while that player recovered.

"As an athlete, as a player, you want to play," Holliday says. "I think at first when nobody knew the seriousness of what we were dealing with, the idea of playing with no fans, people were very turned off by that. Players were kind of poo-pooing that, that it wasn't going to be an option. And then I think the farther you get away from the game, the more you see the country's needs for the distraction for sports in my opinion."

You'll hear more from Holliday during our daily replay on KMOX, as we've been replaying every pitch of the St. Louis Cardinals 2011 playoff push and World Series Championship. We started on March 23 with the Aug. 25, 2011 game when St. Louis was 10.5 games out of Wild Card. And it will end in May with Game 7 of the World Series. 

There's a new game on every single day. Monday through Friday games will begin with a pregame show at 6:15 p.m., Saturday pregame shows will start at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday pregame shows start at noon.

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